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Goat. 1920s

Filonov Pave,
Oil on canvas
80 x 62

State Russian Museum

Пост.: 1978, дар Е. Н. Глебовой, сестры художника, Ленинград


Goat reflects the master’s notions of canon and law, the “seeing eye” and the “knowing eye”, madeness and the analytical method. The “knowing eye” reveals the hidden, invisible processes of nature. The organic self-development of the form creates a new plastic structure, from which the “formula” of a goat appears and disappears.

Author's Biography

Filonov Pavel

Filonov, Pavel Nikolaevich
1882/83, Moscow -1941, Leningrad
Painter, graphic artist, theatrical designer, poet. Studied at painting studios in St Petersburg (1897-1901), Lev Dmitriyev-Kavkazsky''s studio (1913-08), School of Drawing, Society for the Encouragement of Artists (1893-1901) and under Vasily Savinsky and Jan Ciaglinskj at the Higher School of Art, Imperial Academy of Arts (1908-10). Contributed to exhibitions (from 1910). Founding member of the Union of Youth (1910). Founded the Made Pictures studio of painters and draughtsmen and published its manifesto (1914; second version published in 1923). Helped to design the sets and costumes for a production of Vladimir Mayakovsky: A Tragedy (1913). Wrote the poem Chant of Universal Flowering (1914-15). Headed the Department of General Ideology at the Museum of Artistic Culture (1923). Helped to write the statute of the Institute of Artistic Culture. Formed the Masters of Analytical Art (1923).

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